A national charity that vows to help disabled veterans and their families has spent tens of millions on marketing services, all the while doling out massive amounts of candy, hand sanitizer bottles and many other unnecessary items to veteran aid groups, according to a CNN investigation.
The Disabled Veterans National Foundation, based in Washington, D.C., and founded in 2007, received about $55.9 million in donations since it began operations in 2007, according to publicly available IRS 990 forms.
Yet according to the DVNF's tax filings with the IRS, almost none of that money has wound up in the hands of American veterans.
Instead, the charity made significant payments to Quadriga Art LLC, which owns two direct-mail fundraising companies hired by the DNVF to help garner donations, according to publicly available IRS 990 forms.
The search is on for Adam Mayes, accused of kidnapping a woman and her three daughters, two of whom police think may still be alive. In a 360 Exclusive, Anderson Cooper speaks with Mayes' sister-in-law who has inside information on the case.
Rep. Peter King says it's "unfortunate" that someone leaked information about the double agent who infiltrated al Qaeda.
Reporter's Note: I write to the White House with the single minded dedication of a prisoner. Not that I am in prison, but sometimes when I’m in the office too much I can get a little stir crazy…but you don’t want to hear about my problems.
Dear Mr. President,
I’ve always thought that the first secret to successfully keeping a secret is not letting anyone know that you have a secret. So you can imagine how surprised I am to learn that somehow we’ve let the news slip out that our recent success in stopping another underwear bomber is the work of a double agent.
Allegedly some person working for the CIA infiltrated Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (note to terrorists: c’mon, get a new name…this one is way too long and derivative) and this was the guy who brought that bomb to us. That is good news in a national security sense, no doubt about it. But I’m not sure it’s a good thing that we are allowing part of our playbook to be exposed this way. I mean, don’t you think we might want to sneak some double agent into some terrorist group again?
Now, I realize there could be a bright side to the exposure. If you make terror groups a little fearful that their own members might be spies in disguise, so much the better. But I can’t help but think this story will just make them tighten up their security, making it even harder to get a double agent into place again.
I’m not placing blame on anyone specifically for this information getting out, because at least at the moment the source seems murky. Still, the mere fact that anyone with knowledge of this operation started blabbering seems like a bad idea.
Sure, it’s interesting, but is this a good thing for us to know…with so many bombers and so many other bombs presumably still ahead?
Let me know your thoughts if you get a moment. I always have my phone on, as you know.
Btw- Did you see the Caps overtime loss last night to the Rangers? Arghhh…so frustrating.
Editor's note: Watch Gary Tuchman's 2011 report and read about the recent update in the Demiraj's fight to stay in the U.S.
The Department of Homeland Security has granted asylum to an Albanian immigrant, his wife and teenage son after a years-long deportation battle.
According to a letter from the Department of Homeland Security, Edmond and Rudina Demiraj and their teenage son, Rediol, were all granted asylum "for an indefinite period." The letter also said that asylum status for each person may be terminated if the family "no longer has a well founded fear of persecution because of a fundamental change in circumstances."
CNN first reported on the Demiraj case last fall. The Department of Justice was then threatening to deport the family to Albania even after Edmond Demiraj promised to testify in a human trafficking case.
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